SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code M3B524792
Module Leader Peter Rafferty
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Vision Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Level 1 & 2 Ophthalmic Dispensing or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module will consist of both the general and specific clinical practice elements required for registration as a Dispensing Optician. Specific areas which are included are: Single vision; bifocal; progressive addition lenses; contact lenses; industrial, occupational and sports; the ageing eye. This module will take place under the direct supervision of appropriate registered optical practitioners. Reflective practice and other requirements for lifelong learning will be encouraged and evaluated. A portfolio of work will be produced, practical skills assessed, and written case reports will be presented, discussed and evaluated.


Develop the communication skills required for professional practice Develop practical dispensing skills. These include the fit, supply and adjustment of spectacle including single vision and bifocal lenses, and the repair of spectacles. Develop problem solving skills, in a clinical practice setting.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:Utilize a wide range of professional communication skills, as required in optical practice. Fully understand the requirements and dispensing skills appropriate for clinical practice.Practise in a caring, empathic and professional manner with simple dispensing cases.Demonstrate a wide range of General Optical Council Competencies for Dispensing OpticiansDemonstrate a full understanding of the clinical context of the areas of visual science relevant to Ophthalmic Dispensing in a practical, clinical context.Apply appropriate knowledge of the legislative regulatory framework within which Ophthalmic Dispensing is practised within the UK.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered in practice under supervision of a qualified Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician or Optometrist. Practical experience will be used to document and reflect upon clinical cases as part of their requirements for professional registration. Learning is achieved through experience and feedback from supervisors in practice and module tutors in GCU. Students must complete and submit case records. They will use previously developed concepts in collaboration with module tutors and supervising practitioners.

Indicative Reading

Brooks C F, Borish, I M (2007) System for Ophthalmic Dispensing 3rd ed. Butterworth-Heinemann Cubbidge R (Published Annually) Ophthalmic Lens Data (current edition), SC Hardy & Co Drew R (1990) Ophthalmic Dispensing, Butterworth Fowler C, Latham- Petre K (2001) Spectacle Lenses, Theory and Practice, Butterworth-Heinemann Griffiths, A I (2000) Practical Dispensing, 3rd Ed, ABDO Harsant R (undated) A revision guide to ABDO part 1 practical examinations. ABDO Jalie M (1998 et seq) Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing, All Editions, Butterworth-Heinemann Jalie M (1972 et seq) Principles of Ophthalmic Lenses, All Editions ABDO Jalie M (1983) Practical Ophthalmic Lenses, Butterworth Janney GD & Tunnacliffe AH (1997) Worked problems in ophthalmic lenses. ABDO Levene, J R (1977) Clinical Refractive & Visual Sciences, Butterworth Optician Magazine (published weekly), Reid International Optometry Today (published monthly) Available online at <htp://www.optometry.co.uk/> Stoner E, Perkins P, Ferguson R. (2005) Optical Formulas Tutorial 2nd edition, Butterworth-Heinemann Wakefeld K (2000) Bennett's Ophthalmic Prescription Work. Butterworth Heinemann Walsh G (2011 et seq). Programme specific document "Spectacles"

Transferrable Skills

Organisational skills; social, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and interview technique; sales skills and customer problem handling; High-order skills in information transfer, liaison, debate, analysis. Manual dexterity, interpretation of clinical data and correlation with theory; Continuing professional development and lifelong learning.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Placement 99.00
Assessment (FT) 4.00
Practicals (FT) 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Case Record Portfolio
Coursework 2 3.00 50.00 35% OSCE